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Hound and Gatos Dog Food Review (Canned)

Mike Sagman  Julia Ogden

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Updated: March 22, 2024

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Which Hound and Gatos Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

Hound and Gatos canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Hound and Gatos product line includes the 11 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Recipe and Label Analysis

Hound and Gatos 98% Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Hound and Gatos 98% Beef Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

36.4%

Fat

10.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef, beef broth, agar-agar, sunflower oil, salt, salmon oil, choline chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, potassium chloride, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 10% 8% NA
Dry Matter Basis 46% 36% 10%
Calorie Weighted Basis 32% 61% 7%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is beef broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

The next ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

The fourth ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

The sixth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Hound and Gatos product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, we find sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Hound and Gatos canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 10%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 77%.

Which means this Hound and Gatos product line contains…

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a liberal amount of meat.

However, with 61% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 32% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for animals on a low fat diet.

Our Rating of Hound and Gatos Dog Food

Hound and Gatos is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein. This product earns 4 stars from the Dog Food Advisor.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Hound and Gatos Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Hound and Gatos through July.

No recalls noted.

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Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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